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Discarded Nash passes batting County landmark

Saturday, September 01, 2012    

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LEICESTER, England (CMC) — Discarded West Indies middle order batsman Brendan Nash passed 750 runs in his first County Championship season as Kent defeated Leicestershire by 147 runs here yesterday.

Playing at Grace Road, the left-hander finished on 25 not out as Kent tallied 103 for two in their second innings to set Leicestershire a target of 283 for victory.

Veteran Seamer Darren Stevens then snatched five for 35 as Leicestershire, without the services of West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, were dismissed for a disappointing 135.

Kent are now third in Division Two on 149 points, 23 points adrift of leaders Derbyshire with two matches left.

Nash had struck his third century of the County season on Tuesday, a typically fluent 119, to help Kent up to 350 all out after they were sent in.

The 34-year-old counted 13 fours and a six in an innings that required 172 balls and lasted nine minutes shy of four hours.

After the second day was lost to rain, Leicestershire finished the third day on Wednesday on 171 for three and declared just one ball into the day yesterday, in a clearly pre-arranged agreement.

Nash now has 756 runs at an average of 50 and has been Kent's leading batsman this season.

A former West Indies vice-captain, Nash played the last of his 21 Tests 14 months ago when India toured the Caribbean.

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